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Structure and function of the pulmonary circulation

Nicholas W. Morrell

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online November 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.161501_update_001

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Structure and function of the pulmonary circulation

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The normal pulmonary circulation distributes deoxygenated blood at low pressure and high flow to the pulmonary capillaries for the purposes of gas exchange. The structure of pulmonary blood vessels varies with their function—from large elastic conductance arteries, to small muscular arteries, to thin-walled vessels involved in gas exchange....

Chapter.  2880 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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